Kyle Drennen

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Kyle Drennen is the Media Research Center's Senior News Analyst and a Contributing Editor to NewsBusters. He is the co-author of the 2014 Media Reality Check study, TV News Blacks Out This Year’s Bad Election News for Democrats.

In 2009, he captured the infamous comment from then-Newsweek editor Evan Thomas comparing President Obama to God. Later that same year, he exposed for MSNBC deceptively editing video footage of a Tea Party rally to conceal the racial identity of an African American participant, forcing the liberal network to respond to criticism and explain its actions.

His media analysis has been cited by nationally syndicated radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, as well as media outlets including Fox News, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.com, The Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Politico, National Review, among others.  

Kyle joined the MRC in 2007 after graduating from Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science. He lives in Northern Virginia and can be contacted via email at kdrennen@mrc.org.

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On Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer and former Obama administration official Jeremy Bash urged newly named Special Counsel Robert Mueller to use his investigative power to go on a fishing expedition to take down President Trump. Specifically, Lauer hoped the former FBI Director would demand to see Trump’s tax returns – documents the liberal media have long been desperate to examine.


Calling in to Thursday’s NBC Today during a special report on the death of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, New York magazine’s Gabe Sherman bid the media executive good riddance as he launched into an incendiary rant calling Ailes a “terrorizing figure” whose “quest for power consumed him.”


Wishfully anticipating the impeachment of Donald Trump, MSNBC has begun airing a promo ad for left-wing primetime host Chris Hayes set at Washington’s infamous Watergate hotel. The not-so-subtle reference implying President Trump is the new Richard Nixon in the wake of firing FBI Director James Comey.


During a panel discussion on Wednesday’s NBC Today about the reported James Comey memo accusing President Trump of asking to the former FBI Director to “let go” of the investigation into Michael Flynn, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd made clear what the media agenda would be for the next several months: “I think we know what the summer is gonna be, it’s gonna be the summer of Comey.”


While NBC and CNN joined the rest of the media in rushing to condemn the Trump White House over an unconfirmed Washington Post report that the President inadvertently shared classified information with Russian officials, guests on both networks provided important context that the Obama administration intentionally shared classified intelligence with Russia less than a year ago.


During a dramatically one-sided panel discussion in the 8 a.m. ET hour of CNN’s New Day on Monday, political analyst David Gregory wailed that the firing of FBI Director James Comey was “a crisis the President has created by abusing his power, by creating an atmosphere in which we don’t know who we can trust in the White House...”


On Monday’s Good Morning America, co-host George Stephanopoulos was all set to convict President Trump of a crime and move on to impeachment proceedings as he cited left-wing Harvard Law professor and Barack Obama mentor Laurence Tribe, who called for just that in a screed for Saturday’s Washington Post.


On Friday, NBC’s Today brought on Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd and MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace to blast President Trump’s interview with Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. Todd derided the White House sit-down as a “bungling attempt” by Trump to explain the firing of FBI Director James Comey, while Wallace ranted that the entire administration had “zero credibility.”


On Friday’s Today show, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt revealed the contents of a piece of paper President Trump handed to him at the beginning of their exclusive sit-down interview on Thursday. The document provided inconvenient facts that the liberal media have been trying desperately to ignore.


After Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was rudely shouted down by left-wing students during a commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University on Wednesday, NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning actually attempted to justify the disrespectful behavior.


After initially refraining from making irresponsible comparisons between President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey to the Watergate scandal, on Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News and Thursday’s Today, the network could no longer resist its liberal instincts, joining ABC and CBS in labeling Trump the new Richard Nixon.


In a hyperbolic segment for MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday, co-host Joe Scarborough went all in comparing President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey to the firing of U.S. Attorneys by Richard Nixon at the height of the Watergate scandal. He proclaimed that in the wake of Trump’s decision, “The capital is filling with echoes of Watergate...”


Appearing on NBC’s Today Wednesday morning, left-wing MSNBC legal correspondent Ari Melber hurled an accusation, without evidence, that the Department of Justice was lying about the reasoning behind the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Starting off a panel discussion, co-host Savannah Guthrie wondered: “...on the bombshell meter, where does this rate?” Melber proclaimed: “This is huge. The letter doesn’t sound true from the DOJ because it’s not true.”


On Tuesday, left-wing City University of New York journalism professor Jeff Jarvis took to MSNBC’s 9 a.m. ET hour to celebrate late-night host Jimmy Kimmel supposedly being poised to “save health care” from Republican plans to repeal ObamaCare. Talking to anchor Stephanie Ruhle, Jarvis proclaimed: “The night he gave his first spiel on the show about his son I tweeted...that he will save health care.”


On Monday, NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning deceptively edited comments from Republican Congressman Raul Labrador to constituents at a recent town hall meeting while discussing the GOP health care plan. While the Idaho representative was actually dispelling an outlandish false claim from a left-wing protester at the event, the two network morning shows ignored that context in an effort to make Labrador look out of touch on the issue.


On Monday, the network morning shows were openly gleeful that former President Obama used his speech accepting a Profile in Courage Award from his liberal friends in the Kennedy family to trash Republican efforts to fix the mountain of problems created by ObamaCare. The ABC, CBS, and NBC broadcasts managed to ignore any of those failures as they cheered on Democratic efforts to use the issue to tear down the GOP.


On Friday, Today show co-hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie made it clear to viewers that they were ready for more Kennedys in Washington. Teasing an exclusive interview with former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and her son Jack Schlossberg, Lauer proclaimed: “Caroline Kennedy returns to the states, set to honor former President Obama with a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. She’ll be here along with her son Jack, his first live sit-down ever. So what’s next for her and does he have a future in politics?”


After all three network morning shows lead with reports touting Democratic predictions that Republicans would be “punished at the ballot box” over House passage of their health care bill, NBC’s Today turned to political analysts Josh Earnest and Nicolle Wallace to warn against the GOP’s “big risk.”


On Friday, the network morning shows reveled in Democrats childishly “taunting” Republicans on the House floor after the GOP health care plan passed. Reporters pushed claims from the liberal lawmakers that Republicans would be “punished at the ballot box” over the legislation and parroted fearmongering that voters would be hurt by the policy. For all the attention paid to liberal protests and complaints, no attention was given to conservative concerns.


During an NBC News special report moments after House Republicans passed legislation repealing and replacing ObamaCare, Nightly News anchor Lester Holt drew viewers’ attention to left-wing protesters assembled outside the Capitol Building and touted: “And as we just took that camera, you saw it pan off of the park grounds next to the Capitol there, where protestors had been gathered. We thought we heard them shouting, ‘Shame! Shame!’ a moment ago as members – as Republican members of the House made their way out the east front of the Capitol...”